Do I need a wet suit?
No, a wet suit is not necessary. Many people do not use wetsuits for our race.

Is this a USAT Sanctioned Event?
No, our triathlon is not a USAT Sanctioned Event.  Annual surveys requesting feedback on our race and specifically this topic have not conveyed to us that this is important to a majority of our racers.

When is race packet pick-up?

Race packets are to be picked up the day before the race at CPTE Nashua. See the Race Packet Pick-up section for more details.

How many waves are in the race?

We average around 20 waves in the race. The first waves are designated for the elite and competitive athletes, followed by the age group waves. Relay teams are in a wave in the middle. The race ends with two beginner waves to accommodate those new to the sport. You choose your wave online during registration.

The waves will be by age and gender and based on the distribution of registered athletes. They are 2 minutes or less apart. The list of waves will be available at the packet pick-up.
4 special waves are available (sign up during online registration):

  1. Elite - 1st wave of the race. If you choose to race in the Elite Wave you will only be eligible for Overall Placing. You will not be eligible for Age Group Awards.

  2. Wave Upgrade - 2nd wave of the race, you can donate an additional $30 to our charities to get out on the course early.

  3. Competitive - 3rd wave of the race. For those who are fast competitors but not wishing to compete in Elite. We created this wave to accommodate the racers who want to be at the beginning of the race and want to go fast!

  4. Beginner - Wave(s) toward the end of the race. You do not have to be a beginner to particip ate. This wave is for newbies and slower competitors.

Are there activities for kids?
Yes, there will be some fun things for the kids to do during the race. There is also a small playground at the camp.

Will there be food and water for the racers?
There will be fruit, ice cream, and water for the racers at the finish. 

Will there be food for the spectators?
There will be food vendors selling food during the race. Bertucci’s is selling food and Kona Ice is selling refreshing icees. American Flatbread will be passing out free pizza samples.

What if I have trouble with my bike on the course?
Goodales Bike Shop will be traveling the bike route with repair equipment to assist bikers in need. They can also transport bikers back to Camp Sargent if necessary. We recommend that you have your bike checked before the race and we suggest you carry a spare tube. Goodales will be on-site starting at 7am to help with minor repairs, adjustments, and tire inflation.

Is there medical support at the race?
Yes, an ambulance, EMTs, physical therapists, and athletic trainers will be at the race to manage injuries and medical needs.

What kind of bike do I need?
A light road bike is the best bike for a triathlon, however many racers will use hybrid and even mountain bikes. Whatever bike is used, tires that are inflated to the proper maximum pressure will ensure the fastest (least energy) ride. Also, we suggest that you have your bike checked and tuned before the race to avoid any difficulties on the course.

The goal is to use a bike you will be comfortable on. For more information on the various types of bikes people may use during a race, this article describes some of the options.

What other equipment will I need?
The beauty of doing a triathlon is that, while you can invest a lot in equipment, you don't have to. Just make sure you are able to complete the swim, bike, and run legs of the race and do so within the rules (e.g. have a bike helmet). For an idea of what triathletes might consider bringing along to the race, you can check out this race day checklist.

Will the results break down my times?
Yes, the use of the chip timing system allows individual times for each leg and both transitions.

What about rain or bad weather?
New Englanders are hardy so the race will take place rain or shine. Visit our policies page for more information.

What time do I need to be at the event?
It is best to arrive at the race site 60 plus minutes prior to the start of the race. Race start is 8am and the roads are closing at 7:30am. There is a lot to do before you begin racing, such as picking up your packet, finding your transition space, organizing your transition area, become familiar with the layout, and prepare for the swim. You will have a much better race if you are not rushed. Announcements and anthem begin at the waterfront 15 minutes prior to the start of the race.

Is there water on the run?
Water will be available on the run course at mile 1 and mile 2.

Will pot holes and road hazards be marked along the bike and run routes?
Yes, pot holes and hazards will be marked. Volunteers and signs will alert bikers of any direction changes, especially with sharp turns.

Will course maps be available at the race site?
Course maps for all three legs are available at packet pick-up. Also, see the Race Details section to download course maps for each leg.

Will I be allowed to have footwear accessible as I leave the water for the run to the transition area?
Yes, you can leave footwear at the swim exit to the side and out of the way of competitors. The run to the transition area is about 200 yards on dirt and sand. Small wading pools with water will be available at the entrance to the transition area to help remove sand.

What if I have an injury while training prior to the race?
CPTE offers a free injury assessment, they can evaluate your injury right way and advise you of best way to manage and care for the injury. Call (603) 880-0448 to schedule a free assessment at any one of their four clinics. Several of their staff are training for this race, so you will be in good company. See for more information.

Are pets allowed on the run course?
Camp Sargent has a no pets policy. Please leave Fido at home :)